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Terry Blair (serial killer)

This article is about the serial killer. For the Ohio politician, see Terry Blair (Ohio politician).

Terry Blair (born September 16, 1961) is an American serial killer, who raped and killed at least seven women in Kansas City, Missouri.

Family history

Terry Blair was born into a family which would have many encounters with the criminal justice system. He was the fourth eldest of 10 siblings, born to a mother who had only finished the 9th grade and suffered from mental illness.[1]

While in jail for a separate incident, his brother, Walter Blair, Jr., met a man who offered to pay him $6,000 to kill Katherine Jo Allen so she could not testify at his rape trial. Blair confessed to abducting Allen from her apartment before taking her to a vacant lot and shooting her. He was convicted of murder and was executed in 1993.[1]

Half brother Clifford Miller was convicted in the 1992 abduction of a woman from a bar. He shot the woman in the arm and drove her to an abandoned house before raping her repeatedly and beating her until she passed out. She suffered a gunshot wound, fractured skull, broken jaw and broken cheek bones. She spent two months in the hospital, recovering. Clifford Miller was sentenced to two life sentences plus 240 years for charges including kidnapping and forcible sodomy.[1]

Mother Janice Blair fatally shot Elton E. Gray, but was sentenced to probation after entering an Alford plea.[1]

Nephew Diamond Blair was convicted in 2013 of Second Degree Murder in the slaying of 22-year-old Montague Kevin Ashline on June 24, 2009.[2]

Crimes

Below is the list of victims Terry Blair was convicted of killing:

  • Angela Monroe (see below)
  • Anna Ewing, 42, died on or before July 14, 2004.[3][4]
  • Patricia Wilson Butler, 58, died on or before September 2, 2004.[4]
  • Sheliah McKinzie, 38, died on or before September 2, 2004.[4]
  • Darci I. Williams, 25, died on or before September 4, 2004.[4]
  • Carmen Hunt, 40. September 4, 2004.[5]
  • Claudette Juniel, 31, died on or before September 4, 2004.[5]

Blair was also accused in two other murders (Sandra Reed and Nellia Harris), an assault, and three rapes. These charges were later dropped.[5]

Murder of Angela Monroe in 1982

In 1982, the pregnant Angela Monroe, mother of two of Blair's children, was murdered.[5] Blair was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment for this murder. He was released on parole after serving 21 years.[6] According to court records he was angry with Monroe for performing acts of prostitution.

Trial and imprisonment for murders that happened in 2003-2004

On October 15, 2004, Terry Blair was charged with eight counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree assault, and three counts of forcible rape.[7][8] Two of the murder charges (the ones for Sandra Reed and Nellia Harris) were dropped in October 2003. The rape and assault charges were also dropped.

The murders came to light when a caller informed 911 of dead bodies and claimed responsibility for the killings. The caller stated that the reason the individuals were killed was that they were prostitutes and therefore they were "scum". Investigators were not able to tie Blair to the phone, but established that the calls were made from near where he lived. Linguistics testimony was introduced, and the finder of fact came to believe the voice was Blair's.[9]

Although the evidence was mainly circumstantial, Blair's semen was found on one victim. Blair's defense was that this item of evidence only proved he had engaged in sex with the victim; the prosecution countered that since she hadn't tidied herself up afterwards, he must have been the last to see her alive.[9] Because Blair continues to deny responsibility for the crimes, his motive cannot be understood beyond a compulsion to kill prostitutes.[6]

Prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty in exchange for Blair waiving his right to a jury trial.[5] Blair was found guilty by Judge John O'Malley on March 27, 2008. For these six murders he was sentenced to six life sentences with no possibility of parole.[10]

Blair is currently housed in the Potosi Correctional Center in Mineral Point, Missouri.

Blair appealed his conviction, but his appeal was denied by the Missouri Court of Appeals in August, 2009.[9]

Trivia

The case of the seven homicides he was convicted of is featured in the episode "A Serial Killer Calls" of the TV show The First 48 and "The Killer Speaks". The episode follows detectives as they receive information of the death of the first woman found on Prospect Avenue all the way up until his capture. In the episode, Blair admits to the killing of Angela Monroe for the first time since he was convicted of the killing in 1982. He maintains his innocence, however, in the Prospect murders.[11]

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